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Aquatics Update
Feb 12, 2019

Meyerland Middle School Pool Access Begins Feb 13

We are delighted to announce that we will begin using Meyerland Middle School's indoor pool (formerly Johnston M.S.) as of Wednesday, Feb 13. Our schedule at this facility will be Mon–Thurs from 5:00 PM–7:00 PM. For the safety of our members, we will have a J lifeguard on duty. The pool is 3 feet deep in the shallow end and 10 feet in the deep end with a water temperature of 82 degrees.

There will be kickboards, pull buoys, fins and water belts available for your use. There are locker rooms, but please bring your own towel as none will be provided. We will use the pool for our Stroke Development class (5:00 PM–6:00 PM), private lessons (5:00 PM–7:00 PM) and indoor lap swimming (5:00 PM–7:00 PM).

If you would like to use the pool for lap swimming, we will have two lanes open from 5:00 PM–6:00 PM and four lanes open from 6:00 PM–7:00 PM. Due to the limited space available, we strongly encourage everyone to share lanes so members are not waiting on the deck.

If you would like to use the pool for water jogging, we recommend coming from 6:00 PM–7:00 PM when we have four open lanes. Our rental time ends promptly at 7:00 PM, and our staff will ask everyone to leave shortly after so we can lock up the building.

Please review this map as it details where to park and how to get to the pool from the parking lot. If you have any questions, please contact Staci Silva at ssilva@erjcchouston.org or 713.595.8165.


Aquatics Update 
Feb 8, 2019

We have successfully made arrangements with Wolfies to use their location for water classes. Beginning this Monday, February 11 classes will be held from 8:00 AM-8:45 AM Monday-Friday. Everyone will be required to sign a waiver for their facility. Please park on the street. In addition to these classes, we will continue to offer a Yoga Stretch class at 7:15 AM Mondays and Fridays in the Group Exercise Studio in the Fitness Center. This will be the schedule until further notice. We hope that the weather will warm early and we can utilize our outdoor pools soon for our classes. 

Merfish Pool Schedule


Aquatics Facilities & Programs Update
Feb 6, 2019

Thank you for your continued patience as we work to create temporary swimming pool options while the indoor pool is closed. We wanted to provide you with the following update.

Meyerland Middle School has agreed to give us access to their indoor pool late afternoon and early evening hours for our swim team, lap swimmers and possibly some private swim lessons. Thank you to their staff for making this possible.

We will continue to use the Merfish pool for lap swimming and now available for water-jogging. Merfish will have extended hours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays opening one hour earlier from 5:00 AM-2:00 PM, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 AM-2:00 PM, Saturdays from noon-4:00 PM and Sundays from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM. Note that the 5:00 AM opening time will go into effect on Monday, Feb 11.

As a reminder, we will use www.weather.com to check the air temperature using zip code 77096. As long as the weather is 45 degrees or warmer, we will open the Merfish pool. If the temperature is below 45 degrees, the Merfish pool will be closed.

We recognize that some of our members would prefer swimming indoors, and we do have a few options available on a very limited basis if the late afternoon/early evening schedule at Meyerland Middle School is not convenient. We also have an additional outdoor pool option available on a limited basis as well. Please contact Staci Silva in our aquatics office at 713.595.8165 or ssilva@erjcchouston.org for details.

Our plan is to finalize and announce the schedule for Meyerland Middle School soon and share additional information on other offsite options.

It does not appear that we will be able to use other pools for our children's group classes. Our aquatics department will be communicating directly to all families regarding class refunds for these programs.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. 


Indoor Pool Update 
January 31, 2019

Thank you for your patience as we continue to address the repairs to the indoor swimming pool. I would like to take this opportunity to provide you with an overview and update. 

The main drain lines underneath the pool and in the concrete walls behind the pool have cracked. We believe most of these water lines are original, which means that they have held up for almost 50 years. There are two major questions which I want to answer: how long will the pool be closed and are we making any alternate arrangements available for lap swimming and swim lessons/swim team? 

We do not have a definite timetable, but the nature of the repairs are extensive. Our initial assessment is that the pipes cannot be repaired and must be replaced which will then require new pumps, chemical feeders, drain lines, etc. It is likely that the indoor pool will be closed for 3-4 months. This will not be an easy fix. 

Regarding alternate arrangements for lap swimming, swim classes and lessons, we have reached out to all of the facilities in the area that have an indoor pool to see if they are able and wiling to accommodate our members and programs. We are not able to confirm anything at this point, but will provide you with an update as soon as possible. We will continue to offer lap swimming at the Merfish Teen Center and possibly some other programs. 

We understand that there are questions regarding credits and refunds due to the pool closure. We want to assure you that once alternate arrangements have been finalized, we will communicate to you information regarding credits and refunds for classes, lessons and swim teams. 

As a avid swimmer, I understand the impact of the pool being closed. I also understand that the J has a responsibility to teach children to swim and feel safe in and around water.  I apologize that we are not able to fulfill these important services at this time but am committed to moving forward to address the situation as soon as possible. Feel free to call me at 713-551-7232 or email me at jdinkin@erjcchouston.org if you have any questions or if I can be of further assistance. 

Thank you,

Joel Dinkin 
Chief Executive Officer 


Indoor Pool Maintenance Update
January 30, 2019

Thank you for your patience as we continue our inspection of the indoor pool. We are currently still running tests to determine the issues involved and complete an initial analysis of the repairs required. The indoor pool will remain closed in the interim.

Merfish Pool Schedule and Weather Policy
Weather permitting, lap swimming and water aerobics (senior water fitness only) will be available at the Merfish Teen Center’s heated outdoor pool during the closure. Restrooms and changing rooms are available, and a lifeguard will be on duty during these times.

Merfish Pool Schedule Thursday, Jan 31–Wednesday, Feb 6

  • Thursday, Jan 31 | 6:00 AM–2:00 PM
  • Friday, Feb 1 | 6:00 AM–2:00 PM
  • Saturday, Feb 2 | 12:00 PM–4:00 PM
  • Sunday, Feb 3 | 8:00 AM–4:00 PM
  • Monday, Feb 4 | 6:00 AM–2:00 PM
  • Tuesday, Feb 5 | 6:00 AM–2:00 PM
  • Wednesday, Feb 6 | 6:00 AM–2:00 PM

Cold Weather Policy
We will use weather.com to check the air temperature using zip code 77096. As long as the weather is 45 degrees or warmer, we will open the Merfish pool. If the temperature is below 45 degrees, the Merfish pool will be closed.

In the event of a thunderstorm, we will close the pool for 30 minutes for each incidence of thunder and/or lightning that should occur at the pool. In this case everyone will be asked to wait in the parking lot while the pool is closed.

Once we have a timeline on necessary repairs and the status of private lessons, group swim classes and swim team, we will provide additional updates on our Aquatics Facebook page.


January 28, 2019

Thank you for your patience as we continue our inspection of the indoor pool. We are currently still running tests to determine the issues involved and complete an initial analysis of the repairs required.  The pool will remain closed in the interim, and we will update you on Wednesday or Thursday as we learn more.

Merfish Pool and Weather
Weather permitting, lap swimming and water aerobics (senior water fitness only) will be available at the Merfish Teen Center’s heated outdoor pool during the closure.

However, for the safety of members and staff, the cold weather predicted for tomorrow will not allow us to open the Merfish pool Tuesday, Jan 29 or Wednesday, Jan 30.


January 25, 2019

In our last email we shared that the indoor pool would be closed on Friday afternoon for maintenance. After further inspection by the maintenance crews, we’ve discovered that additional work and inspections will be needed. This additional work will require that we drain the indoor pool. Once the pool is drained, the crews will perform the additional inspections.

Due to the time to drain and refill the pool, the indoor pool will remain closed through Monday, January 28. After the inspections are completed and we have a timeline on any necessary repairs, we will provide an additional update.
Lap swimming and water aerobics (senior water fitness only) will be available at the Merfish Teen Center’s heated outdoor pool during the indoor pool closure.

There will be no private lessons, group classes or swim team Saturday-Monday.

Merfish Pool Schedule Saturday-Monday
Saturday - Lap Swimming: 12:00 PM-6:00 PM
Sunday - Lap Swimming: 8:00 AM-2:00 PM
Monday - Lap Swimming: 6:00 AM-1:00 PM
Monday - Senior Water Fitness: 9:00 AM-9:45 AM

Note that at the Merfish Teen Center there are restrooms and changing rooms available. A lifeguard will be on duty during these times.

We will provide an update on Monday regarding our plans going forward.